A few of the highlights around my "home patch" during the past week:
At Kings Tableland early on 13/3/07, the sight of Gang-gangs and
Glossy Black-Cockatoos together in the same small tree was a nice
welcome home after 3 weeks away. At least a dozen Glossies were seen
that morning flying up from the valley to feed in the clifftop
she-oaks Allocasuarina distyla. In the same area, a Brown Cuckoo-Dove
was calling as well as a Rose Robin, having moved out of its breeding
gully habitat into the open heath (a sure sign of autumn).
Also at Kings Tableland, a couple of Red-capped Robins were present
on 17th and 20th - an adult male posing very nicely for us on both
occasions and an immature bird nearby.
At the same location, a Beautiful Firetail perched on an overhead
wire for a good 5-10 minutes singing its frail, mournful song.
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos remain a frequent sight in small
groups. Soon they will be joining up into their large winter flocks.
In a gully near Blackheath, good views of Red-browed Treecreepers,
Fan-tailed Cuckoo, White-eared, White-naped and Brown-headed
Honeyeaters, and more Glossy Black-Cockatoos.
The Rockwarbler was seen briefly at Evans Lookout, and a Flame Robin
heard. Some of the tracks in this area remain closed after last
year's bushfire. Small flocks of pardalotes (Spotted and Striated)
were moving through on the 20th, resting briefly in a tree on the
edge of the cliff before launching northwards across the gaping
abyss, towards the far cliffs on the other side of the Grose Valley.
As mentioned in an earlier posting, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have
started their migration in good numbers, a little earlier than last
Finally, yesterday in my garden I was interested to see a
Red-whiskered Bulbul gorging itself on berries from the native Flax
All the above locations are in the upper Blue Mountains, approx
80-100km west of Sydney.
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